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9.10 Representation of the People Acts 1918 & 1928

The Female Suffrage Movement

It was widely believed that women were not made to govern. In 1867, John Stuart Mill had spoken in favor of voting rights for women. This created a favorable atmosphere for the ’Female Suffrage Movement.’

Under the leadership of influential women such as Mrs. Fawcett, Mrs. Pethick-Lawrence and the Pankhursts several women suffrage societies sprang up, and began to work towards women’s claim to franchise.

During the World War I (1914-18), women had played a vital role and had substituted for men in some service. Thus their demands were granted as a reward of appreciation, after the World War I.

In 1918, the ’Representation of the People Act’ was passed by Parliament in 1918, granting franchise to all men over twenty-one and to all women of thirty years and above.


The works of electoral reform was completed by the Representation of the People Act of 1928, which granted the right to vote, to all women over twenty-one years.

Thus the rule of the people was established step by step.


Index

9.0 - Introduction
9.1 Origin of Democracy in England
9.2 Magna Carta-The Great Charter (1215)
9.3 Establishment and Development of Parliament
9.4 The Glorious Revolution of 1688
9.5 Rise of a Responsible Council Of Ministers
9.6 Reform Act Of 1832
9.7 Representation of the People Act, 1867
9.8 Representation of the People Act, 1884
9.9 Parliamentary Act, 1911
9.10 Representation of the People Acts 1918 & 1928
9.11 Dates & Events
9.12 Points to Remember

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